While letting my mind and eyes wander around straying from a doll publication I am working on, I stumbled across a doll in utter tatters. This doll’s dress was so tattered, the seller described her as dressed in ribbons. She had been purchased at an estate sale and was being sold as found on her stand. The tattered dress kept itching at my curiosity. I know silly. What made it worse was the $14 price tag. I told myself “no” for two whole days. Then I broke.
Meg arrived promptly, in a fraction of the predicted time. I was very impressed with how carefully she was wrapped and packed. This seller took some of the best care I’ve seen. We’re talking tissue around her head, fully tissued, bubblewrapped and packing peanuts. (Wish I had photos for you.)
This is what Meg looked like when she arrived. Her dress was probably the driest silk I have ever felt. The silk was a brown, cream and blue stripe originally. The blue stripes are almost entirely gone. The skirt was constructed on the bias with the stripes running diagonally. The hem and one long bias seam were machine sewn and intact the best of the whole dress. The waist was guaged. I tried to show that in a photo. I think her bodice had a great deal on the bias too. It was hand sew with some areas looking like they were folded bias. The sleeves were short with one sleeve hem still siting at her upper arm. The back only had a single tie of string left holding the dress on.
Just looking at her, I knew there was little to no chance of saving her dress and it would like fall apart as I took it off. It took me a week before I tried. Once I untied the string, she was able to step right out. While the dress didn’t fall to dust, there really isn’t much less. I am struggling with whether it should be kept.
Here she is in her petticoat and drawers. These are a stiff material I think is cotton. When I say stiff, I really mean stiff. Notice how the petticoat stands on its own. These are entirely hand sew. The petticoat was made too big. It has two tucks in the waistband. It has a big hook in the back. The drawers are the reverse. They were made too small and are sewn to her body. This keeps me from considering washing these. Washing meaning a soak.
Her body is a combination of hand and machine sewn. She has some zigzag stitches on her upper arm. Her body is firm and solid. Her arms a little floppy. When I saw her hanging on the stand, which really is too big for her, I anticipated her body being soft or worn. I don’t think I have anything to worry about. Her head is matte. Samantha thinks she may be repainted. Her hands and feet, with blue boots, are shiny. She is 12″ tall. Her 3″ head and shoulder plate is close to Milli and Marie. So, they should get along nicely.
Given her blue boots and eyes, a pretty blue plaid seems in order for her dress.